State Plans Coal-Mining Rules Changes


The Oklahoma Department of Mines plans a public hearing this week on proposed 2018 regulatory amendments focusing on training and safety requirements of underground coal mining.

The hearing will be held Jan. 17 at two sites: at 2 p.m. at the ODM Offices, 2915 N. Classen Blvd in Oklahoma City and at 6 p.m. at the ODM office, 1102 West Cherokee in Wagoner.

One amendment concerns the Oklahoma Miner’s Training Institute. The amendment focuses on the requirement of any training done outside the OMTI to be reported to the OMTI Director. It also states that it is “unlawful” for any instructor or student to falsify training records.

A second amendment targets underground coal and asphalt rules. It would change an emergency signed by the government in the summer of 2017 regarding non-certified miners. Current regulations require they are never to be out of the sight or sound of a certified miner. But the amendment will approve implementing national norms such as two-way communication systems.

A third amended rule focuses on blasting operations on surface coal mining permits. The amendment supercedes the Governor’s emergency approval and adds the sub-station on electronic blasting detonation.